A life course perspective on polycystic ovary syndrome
School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Abstract: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a major public health problem in the US. Worldwide, the public is largely unaware of the condition and health care providers do not seem to fully understand it. Research on PCOS has primarily focused on its etiology and clinical characteristics and less on the psychosocial aspects of human development associated with PCOS. This paper posits that a life course perspective provides a framework for further understanding the psychosocial experiences of women with PCOS and the contexts in which they live. The paper discusses how life course principles of human development, constraints on agency, interdependence of lives, time and place, and timing of events and experiences are relevant to the management of PCOS and prevention of its complications.
Keywords: polycystic ovary syndrome, psychosocial, mental health, multidisciplinary, life course, adolescence
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